MD - Mark Citro, School volunteer charged with child sex abuse

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  1. Texas Mist

    Texas Mist Retired WS Staff

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    Police have charged a 47-year-old Northeast Baltimore man with sexually abusing a 14-year-old old who he met through volunteer work at a charter school, officials said.

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    Mark A. Citro (seen here on his profile picture on Facebook) met the boy and his mother through the Friendship Academy of Engineering and Technology, police said. He told them he was a minister at the Christ and Country church on Harford Road, as well as an investigator who worked with the city and state police as well as the FBI to "turn in child predators," said Anthony Guglielmi, the police department's chief spokesman.
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    The above photo is pulled from Citro's Facebook page, on which he frequently posted updates about missing children and "friended" accounts for parents looking for lost children. He lists his employer as "God" and describes his occupation as evangelist and youth minister.

    Court records show that Citro has no prior record of arrests, though a woman gained a peace order requiring him to stay from her in April. He was being held without bond on charges of sex abuse of a minor, solicitation of a minor, assault, and impersonating a police officer.


    more here

    http://weblogs.baltimoresun.com/news/crime/blog/2010/10/school_volunteer_charged_with.html

    UGH - he was hitting all the buttons to find victims. Posing as minister, cop, undercover agent for the FBI, missing child finder -- makes me sick.

    Wouldn't surprise me if he lurked around here.
     
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  3. Texas Mist

    Texas Mist Retired WS Staff

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    more info on the perv I refer to as "undercover agent for the FBI"

    City police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said Citro identified himself as a police officer about a year ago to gain the trust of a family and told them he was working on a task force to put child predators behind bars.

    Guglielmi said Citro eventually persuaded the teenager's mother to allow her son to sleep over at his house since the boy didn't have bus service to school from his mother's home. That's when he molested the boy earlier this month, police said.


    http://www.wbaltv.com/r/25556210/detail.html
     
  4. Missizzy

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    A true jack of all trades. Being that I don't write tacky words, you'll just have to add a letter or two to that!!

    What a slime.

    I can't ever bear to think of him lurking here. Please, no.
     
  5. Missizzy

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    Here's the "R" word again......research:

    When confronted by the boy's mother with accusations that he had sexually assaulted her son, he claimed he was an investigator who worked with the city and state police as well as the FBI to "catch" child predators and that the boy had walked in on him doing research, according to court documents. He displayed badges and handguns as proof.

    Police executed a search-and-seizure warrant at Citro's home in the 2800 block of Louise Ave. and found a registered .38-caliber handgun, handcuffs and Mace, and several badges for security and special investigation companies...."

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    ".....Though he has no prior arrests, this week's allegations mark the second time this year that Citro has been accused of inappropriate contact with boys. In both cases, police say, the boys' mothers were legally blind...."

    more at link


    It seems that Citro sought out mothers with disabilities and offered to help and mentor their sons. The child for whom the charges were brought must have disabilities himself if he required a full time aid at school. And how did he pass background checks if this is the second time this year he's been accused of inappropriate contact?



    Also some interesting new comments here by family, friends, and past students and an update:

    http://weblogs.baltimoresun.com/news/crime/blog/2010/10/school_volunteer_charged_with.html


    "UPDATE: Here's the updated story. The criminal charges and protective order involve two different boys, and police say both had mothers who were legally blind. Records also show that Citro told detectives that he was suppressing his homosexual urges and that it was the boy who visited pornographic web sites on Citro's computer."


    Citro's "research" is NOT what I would call "suppressing urges". I have no doubt that a 14 year old boy would access pornographic web sites. They even do it at school (they'll climb over any firewall, trust me) but it was this man's job to mentor and teach--not to abuse. In reading the comments, he seems to have a long long history of this behavior. While he might not have abused each boy, he was inappropriate with many. Let's hope the word gets out that he is NOT to work with children. Seeking out mothers with disabilities to get at their sons is just so low.....
     
  6. Mrsjs1976

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    This is my first time to this web site. I wanted to comment on this particular story. My family new this man. At least we thought we did. This man is a munipulater and new exactly how to gain the trust of these families involved including our family.He has not always targeted families with parents with disabilities. According to this man he has mentored over thirty boys in his adult life. Our family has been betrayed by this man. Our hearts go out to the victims. It's unfortunate that he could not be stopped before these families. Our family is relieved that he is now behind bars.
     
  7. Missizzy

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    Welcome, Mrsjs!! Thank you for posting. I am so sorry that your family has also been betrayed by this man. My thoughts are with you. I'm sure you feel that your reaction to this man's behavior is now validated. I'm glad he's behind bars also. Let's hope that other victims feel safe to come forward now.
     
  8. Filly

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    Wow! A cop, FBI Agent, Minister. Did he portray Santa as well and do magic tricks and work at a carnival? I'd imagine he said he was in the library alot and hung out at Walmart bathrooms as a security officer to protect the kids.

    O.K. Izzy doesn't write tacky words, but I sure do.

    The comments at Texas Mist's link got me in a right mind to edumicate some narrow minded folks.

    To anonymous who posted October 29th at 3:11 saying this isn't a pedophilia scandal and that the kid was 14 and is at the age of reason. Dude, you got a he*l of a nerve or you're seriously close minded.

    Ummmmmmmm how about we call it what it is? Ephebophilia? How's that? This is a kid. A kid. An impressionable 14 year old. He's got Mr. Dogooder helping out his family and he's a somewhat spiritual adviser to the kid. Uh, first of all it's illegal to have any kind of sexual manipulation with a minor. Secondly he probably messed that poor kid up for life. I pray he gets good counseling.

    To the woman that was brave enough to post her name. Odd her second name matches the perp's, but that may be a co-inky-dink. Lady, being molested by a neighbor and the lack of a father figure happens to alot of people. If he needed help and sought yours about his fear of homosexuality for heaven sake then why not seek help elsewhere?

    Nooooooooooo this has nothing to do with homosexuals. These were kids he harmed. Kids that trusted him. If he couldn't control his (((((gasp)))) homosexual tendencies he could have sought a sexual contact with a full grown man for Lord's sake.

    Nope. Not buying it even if he is the FBI. I mean cop. I mean counselor. I mean a straight out pedophile. Oh, sorrry Ephebophile.

    B'More jail ain't no joke. Let's see how he makes out in there.
     
  9. Missizzy

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    Post 'o the day. Hands down.
     
  10. Mrsjs1976

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    Everyone has been asking since this
    man has lied about being so many things, is he really a ordained minister. He has married a few people in the past several years and just recently married my husband and I. Our question is r we really married. Have we once again caught another lie. We hope that this man is punished for what he has done to many families. Once we find out I will be sure to post new info on this subject.:furious:
     
  11. Texas Mist

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    ((((Mrsjs1976))))

    I am so sorry for your pain...you must be in total shock learning about this 'person'....It's possible he got his 'ordination' online...I recently read of one site that could make ya a minister for $31...something tells me he probably didn't even spend the $$ on that -- he just prefers to lie & manipulate.

    Have you talked to the detectives assigned to this case? They need to know everything this ******* was up to.

    And again - I feel so bad that he's hurt your family & so many others.
     
  12. Filly

    Filly KICKING AND SHINING

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    Wow! Mrsjs that had to be so totally shocking. I'm so sorry.

    Hoping you get your answers soon. Definately hoping at least he is a Minister. Again I am so sorry.



    Mrs. No doubt you have already seen this. If not just maybe it will help. Of interest to us other posters no doubt. This guy really has alot of self esteem. Tooting his horn about his voice. Again he can do it all.


    http://www.pandora.com/people/revcitro#
     
  13. Mrsjs1976

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    Thank u that. I did not see that actually. But everything that has been done to our family by this man I believe nothing he says. First our feelings were hurt and betrayed now added to that is complete anger.and as a mother I will do everything i can to help keep him where he is now. U think that as a parent u can protect ur children from bad people but u never realize people u know and trust could turn out to be the bad person. I do hope more people come forward. Thank u to everone for reading my post. Talking about some of this has helped some of my pain.
     
  14. Filly

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    Mrsjs, That's good it helped a little to talk about it. Again I am so sorry.

    Actually I just found a site where he ticked off a few Foster Parent's. He was posting as Rev Mark Citro and basically says he loves kids so much he'd even be made a fool for them.

    http://fosterparentsfaq.com/foster-children/never-again-2492730.html

    He claims to have been working with kids for 20 years. Claims he instills the help of parents. Praise the Lord he doesn't say he fostered any children.

    Nope, not this guy. Wolf in sheeps clothing.
     
  15. Mrsjs1976

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    Mark Citro was indicted by a grand jury on Thursday. The charges were sex abuse of a minor third degree sex offense and theft.
     
  16. Texas Mist

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    TY for the update, Mrsjs1976.


    I found a link to article on the GJ indictment that didn't have this [unusual person's] face in it.

    http://www.greenfieldreporter.com/v...9f0a8fee2dbc8/MD--Police_Impersonation-Abuse/

    Hope things are going better for you. ((hugs))
     
  17. Filly

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    No way is this creepers only victim of child sexual abuse. After reading those posts to the foster parents I would bet the band he has more victims.

    Prayers for anyone hurt by this guy.

    MrsJS, I too hope you are doing a little better.
     
  18. Mrsjs1976

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    Yes thank u our family is doing fine knowing he is in jail. Thank u again for everyones support.
     

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